VFW Programs

Every year, hundreds of thousands participate in the various scholarship and award programs we offer. These include scholarships such as the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition and the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest, as well as awards for Scouting, Police, Fire, EMT, Teacher, ROTC, JROTC, and more. (Please visit the Links page for more information on some of these programs.)

The deadline for the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen programs is not later than October 31 of each year. The theme is selected and announced by the VFW National organization (vfw.org) and then placed on our website. The essays must strictly follow the announced theme. Placing a title on top of the page that is different than the theme is automatic disqualification, regardless of the merit of the finished product.

  • The 2023-2024 theme for the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program is “What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?”
  • The 2023-2024 theme for the Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest is “How Are You Inspired by America?”

Other VFW programs, qualifications, submittal forms, deadlines, etc., can be found at vfw.org.

Of note is the Teacher of the Year, one each from the elementary, junior high and high school levels, for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and instill patriotism in their students.

Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for the Teacher of the Year award. If you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall, organizes community volunteer projects or invites local veterans to speak in class, anything to help students develop a better understanding of democratic values and beliefs, this award is for them.

Another notable program is the VFW National Home, a nonprofit organization that provides a safe and comforting place for children and families who are living through a crisis. Here is a list of National Home members for whom our Post and other Posts throughout the world have purchased a life membership to the VFW. You may find additional information on the VFW National Home website.

Questions? Contact the Commander or an officer of the Post.

The American Legion Post 552 and its Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion organizations also offer programs and sponsorships, such as Boys and Girls State, American Legion Baseball, and more. Please visit americanlegion552.org/programs for more information.